Learn C: Setting up the environment

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Learn C

Let’s start with the C language first.

The first thing is to get your computer set up so that you have a compiler to compile C.

This post will use the GNU C and if you prefer, you can set up the Visual Studio shown in a later post.

GNU (Geez, Not Unix) C compiler can be downloaded from http://mingw.com.  Visit the website and download the MinGW installation manager.


From the installation manager download gcc-core, gcc-g++, binutils, and the MinGW runtime. Next set the path of the windows to the bin directory of MinGW.

Now that you have the environment set up, you can write your first C program.


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